Party Earth Review The brainchild of Buddy Guy himself – who returns to play sold-out shows every January – Buddy Guy’s Legends has hosted some of the biggest players in the industry since 1989, and features local performers and celebrity... ... read full review
700 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Red Line: Harrison
M–F 11am–2am, Sa 5pm–3am, Su 5pm–2am
Kitchen closes at midnight daily
South Loop, Chicago –
The brainchild of Buddy Guy himself – who returns to play sold-out shows every January – Buddy Guy’s Legends has hosted some of the biggest players in the industry since 1989, and features local performers and celebrity blues acts alike on its spacious stage every night.
Young professionals and local businessmen in the market for southern soul food stop into the lounge for lunch and a free acoustic set during the week, while on Fridays and Saturdays the main room and two bars are usually brimming by 6pm with everyone from post-grads, conventioneers, and hotel guests to local residents, hipsters, and die-hard music lovers hungry for a good show.
A scattering of café tables in front of the stage provides space for well-dressed couples to dine before the music starts, as blues buffs check out the music mementos on the walls, which range from Buddy’s Grammys and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame statue to a world-renowned guitar collection signed by the likes of B.B. King, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Although few patrons need a break from the music, those who do can head upstairs to shoot a few rounds of pool or, on busy nights, grab a drink at the second bar.
A mainstay on the city’s music scene, Buddy Guy’s Legends offers high-quality acts that blues aficionados won’t want to miss.
Hip music lovers, convention-goers, upscale hotel patrons, older South Loop residents, young professionals and finance types, post-grads, and eager tourists, mid-20s to 40s+.
Live blues music nightly. Four TVs downstairs tuned to sports, or off during performances. Three pool tables upstairs.
Southern fare featuring favorites like fried okra, catfish, and fried chicken. Seating for performances is first-come first-served. Reservations not accepted.
Cover charge $10/Su–Th, $20/F–Sa. Appetizers $4–$8, sandwiches $8–$10, entrées $9–$14. Beer $4–$6, wine $5–$6, cocktails $4–$8.
Casual to dressy: business attire, slacks, collared shirts, cocktail attire, jeans, t-shirts, polos.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest acts, or any night for a bustling bar scene.
Jazz Showcase (806 South Plymouth Court), a top Chicago jazz destination since 1947.